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Getting the garden ready for spring

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

Planning now for a spring garden is something most gardeners do.

Okra flower

Today I tilled up four 50' rows to plant all the strawberry runners. We would like to go no-till in the future but for now this is the easiest and fastest way for us to build garden beds.

Future strawberry beds

The area that I tilled up had beans and potatoes growing in it this past spring and summer. Both of those crops did well. We tried to mulch the beds soon after the harvest but weeds still kind of took over the area. My husband first mowed it real low before I tilled.

Strawberry beds after sowing buckwheat

I am trying something new this year and I hope and pray that it works. After tilling the rows I sowed buckwheat seeds and raked them in. Next week I will transplant the strawberry runners to these beds. The buckwheat will grow and cover the soil until the frost kills it. The dead plants will provide mulch and nutrients to the strawberry plants over the winter.

I am also using our chickens to prep some beds for us. We moved the hoop house to the corn bed and left it there for 2 weeks. During that 2 weeks the chickens scratched, ate all the green weeds/plants and fertilized the soil. We moved the hoop to new area once all the green plants were gone. The prepped area was raked and I sowed winter rye which will grow all winter and add even more nutrients to the beds.

bantam cochin chickens prepping garden beds

Have you ever planted fall onions? I was at our local feed store and they were selling onion sets. They said that the sets are planted now and over the winter as the onions grow I can use some as green onions and leave the rest to overwinter and bulb up in spring. I have never done this before but wanted to try so I bought 2lbs each of the yellow and white onions and planted them out today. I planted the sets two inches apart and as they grow I will thin some and use them as green onions and leave the rest to hopefully bulb up. I am excited to see what the results will be!

Chickens worked hard to make this bed look this good!

Today we opened a jar of strawberry rhubarb jam that I canned in June. It is amazing! It tastes so fresh! This was my first year canning jam and I am pleased with the results.

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